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Examiner
  • Bears relay teams prevail

  • William Chrisman boys track and field coach Keith Peterson admitted that his last supervising of the Bill Summa/William Chrisman Relays went off with a few hitches Friday.

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  • William Chrisman boys track and field coach Keith Peterson admitted that his last supervising of the Bill Summa/William Chrisman Relays went off with a few hitches Friday.
    One issue Peterson had to address was a medical emergency. Around 8 p.m., local emergency responders were called to Independence All-School Stadium – where the meet was held – after a Belton runner had an asthma attack. The athlete was taken away in an ambulance.
    “You never hope for an emergency like this,” Peterson said. “The kid started to feel better, get a little feeling back. It’s more precautionary (ambulance). As they say, it’s better to err on the side of caution.”
    Peterson said he would find out the boy’s status on Tuesday, when Chrisman attends a junior varsity meet – at Belton, coincidentally.
    “Any time a kid gets hurt, you worry about him,” he said.
    In addition, there were “computer glitches all night,” according to Peterson.
    “When you change a 52-year-old track meet around, (there are) a lot of changes,” he said. “There’s a chance for something to mess up – and we’ve had a few tonight.”
    Summa, the event’s namesake who attended the meet with his wife Peggy and fired the starting gun for the first and last running events, suggested it was necessary to make some changes. The meet had been run on Saturdays in the past but was moved to Friday evening this year.
    “Times change,” he said.
    There were some emergency-free moments for Peterson, who’s retiring at semester’s end. For instance, he got to see Summa, who coached Chrisman track from 1958 to 1988.
    Peterson spoke fondly of the Summas. Specifically, he spoke of their devotion to Chrisman.
    “You cut them, it’s blue and gold that comes out,” Peterson said. “It’s not red.”
    Peterson also got to see his 400- and 800-meter relay teams pull off come-from-behind victories. The 400 relay team, consisting of Sam Mitchell, Dalvin Wilkerson, Javaughn Chambers and DeVante Wilkerson, won in 1 minute, 31.36 seconds. The 800 relay team, consisting of David Daniel, Chambers and the Wilkerson brothers, won in 43.36.
    For Chambers, it doesn’t matter if he and his teammates come from behind or lead from the start.
    “As long as we’re winning, that’s all that matters,” he said.
    Peterson, who also saw his sprint medley relay team place second, called his relay runners “a good group of kids.” Others who watched Peterson’s group of athletes run included Truman boys coach Craig Lewis, who said the Chrisman sprinters are “fun to watch.”
    “It’s good competition,” he said.
    Other area champions included Fort Osage’s Jesse Frazier, who won the boys 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.86. Before the meet, Frazier learned he was ranked seventh in the state in the event on MoMileSplit.com. Unlike some athletes, the senior didn’t feel extra pressure upon learning the news.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It kind of boosted me because I didn’t think I was going to be able to do that well,” he said.
    In the girls meet, Fort Osage’s Asia Cole threw 144 feet, 1 inch in the discus and 42-4 3/4 in the shot put. After a trip on Thursday to the emergency room because of an illness, the defending Class 4 state discus and shot put champion wasn’t sure if she would compete Friday. Cole, who also runs, opted to participate only in field events.
    “I was going into the day not thinking I was going to do well at all,” Cole said. “And when I hit my 144 (in the discus) today, I was kind of shocked.”
    Fort Osage girls coach J.D. Snead was pleased with Cole’s discus performance.
    “She a competitor,” Snead said.
    Team scores were not available as of press time.
     
     

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